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Amazing Grace


I love Chris Tomlin’s music. I had the fortune some years back to see him in concert. I had never been to a Christian music concert. I remember the vibe all the over the outdoor concert venue being so loving. It was moving for me . I knew some of his music at the time. This concert was the very first time I heard his Amazing Grace ( my chains are gone). To this day that song rings in my heart and soul. I was moved beyond words by that song. Have a blessed Sunday!!



Will you Answer?

I came across a story that I wanted to share. I am not sure who wrote this or if it’s a true story or not.

“One Saturday night, a pastor was working late and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about.

Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”

The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.

The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!”

The church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle.”

In my life I know I have been called many times and been given wake up calls and signs He is with me. I wonder though how many I have missed because I was too busy to answer the call. Sometimes we just choose not to answer even thought the “phone” is ringing loud and clear. Is it fear of the unknown or a fear to step beyond our comfort zones? Probably. I know it varies from person to person. This story puts me in mind of a old routine by Jerry Jordan called a Phone call from God. We had the album and mom would play it and we’d crack up.

This nearly 15 minutes long but funny all the way through.

Monday Monday….

monday-syndrome4     Ahhhhh!!! It’s Monday yet again. Seems like they come so quickly. I am thrilled I am slowly getting more followers. I do encourage comments. I love to hear what people think. Anything I post I open up for discussion. I enjoy the give and take of it all.

Normally I post my blog in the mornings. Blame it on Monday.  Why is it that we dread Mondays? You do a google search for cartoons about Mondays and you come up with tons of them. Most ( not all ) have the same dreaded Monday theme to them.

When we wake up late we blame it on Monday. When the day it’s hectic we say well it’s Monday after all. When we have a crummy Tuesday we say “Oh it’s Monday part 2″.  Is there an origin somewhere or a precedent set saying Mondays are bad?

I honestly don’t know. Some people suggest dread of Mondays is a form of depression. Really? Have we psyched our selves to believe that weekends are good and Mondays are bad so we inevitably have a Monday plagued with bad luck or is there truly something to this Monday curse? I will say yes Mondays can be hectic after all it’s the first day of the work week, but I ask this one thing. Isn’t our day what we make of it?

Yes, luck is what you make of it.  There’s no luck fairy out there.  Also there is no Monday jinx. Every day is a blessed day.  Sometimes we lose sight of just what those blessings are.  Next Monday morning I challenge everyone to look at it in a different light. Tell yourself this is the begging of a new week and a time to start anew . It’s not the end of  weekend but the begging of a week filled with hope and promise.

” This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” Psalm 118:24

Going from 0 to Tears in an Instant

It’s been one of those days. We all have them I am sure. Restless and sad and lonely. It’s probably the worlds worst combination. While in the hospital when I had my mini stroke I knew I had to give this over to Him and let him guide the way.

I am Christian and always have been but in many was I feel like my walk in faith is in its infancy. It’s funny how you hear the same lessons and types of sermons for years and it’s only in the past couple of years they began to really soak in and my personal Christian growth has taken off.

I read a lot and go from website to website reading things that catch my attention. I read an article on the five things God Uses to grow us in faith. It discussed Practical Teaching, Providential relationships , private disciplines, personal ministry and pivotal relationships.

I am not a professional writer and I am not a Biblical scholar. I have never pretended that I am. I am just an average Christian trying to make sense of the world around me and seeking my place in it.

Of those I think three stand out the most, providential relationship, personal ministry and pivotal relationships. For me these are the things that have shaped and are still shaping my growth.

I use to think that being a Christian who was strong in their faith meant they were well schooled in Biblical knowledge and could handle everything that came their way in a strong manner because they knew all the answers. In my walk of faith I realized no one has all the right answers. A strong Christian knows they can’t do a thing in the world without Him at their sides. A strong Christian is never through growing and is always learning. There is never a point in life where you have all the answers. In fact you don’t even have all the right questions yet. As I grow stronger my faith I realize that a strong Christian is one who can sit and pray to God saying ” Here it is Lord and here I am. Guide me in the way you would have me go and lead me to where You need me to be. When you show me Your way Lord grant me the wisdom to recognize it for what it is and answer Your call. Lord this burden is too big for me and I lift it up for You and Your
care. ”
Being strong is realizing you can’t do it alone and that you are never alone in His world. He is right there by your side. We just don’t always see Him.

Putting my understanding into practice is a big challenge for me since I have gotten home front he hospital after my mini stroke. I go from 0 to tears in an instant on a daily basis but I turn to all the wrong places for comfort. I am shouldering all the stress and burden of the fears and uncertainty on my shoulders and not lifting it up to Him.

When life gets you down and you begin to fill hollow inside is ti because you are spending time and effort in all the wrong areas in your life and it’s leaving you depressed and unfulfilled? Is that the cause of a lot of depression in our world? Do we have unrealistic goals and aspirations in life and find our selves depressed when those things we thought would make us happy don’t?

When you find yourself like me this past week going from 0 to instant tears ask yourself this question. What have I been filling my life so full of that it had blocked out God’s light?